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Affirmative Action Round-Up Post

June 19, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

This has been a busy week for The Century Foundation’s education team. 

  • On Tuesday, TCF and the Lumina Foundation released a new volume, entitled The Future of Affirmative Action. You can read the introduction (by TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg) online. The entire volume is available for reading online, or for download and printing.
  • Also on Tuesday, TCF and Lumina jointly sponsored a launch event in Washington, D.C. If you missed the event in person, don't worry: You can watch the full video online at Lumina’s website.
  • The New York Times’ David Leonhardt covered some higlights from the volume in his piece, “If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What”s Next?"
  • Richard Kahlenberg also wrote a piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizing one of the volume’s chapters featuring new research from Tony Carnevale, Stephen Rose, and Jeff Strohl. Read “What Sotomayor Gets Wrong About Affirmative Action.”
  • Inside Higher Ed also covered research from the book and discussion from Tuesday’s event in a piece entitled, “Race-Blind Affirmative Action?
Tags: the future of affirmative action, the century foundation, socioeconomic affirmative action, richard kahlenberg, lumina foundation, affirmative action

Lumina Ideas Summit: New Pathways to Higher Education Diversity

June 17, 2014 9:00 AM

This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Why I’m Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action)

Evan Mandery cites TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg's Affirmative Action for the Rich in arguing for eliminating legacy admissions at Harvard University. Read the full piece at the Huffington Post.

Tags: rick kahlenberg, richard kahlenberg, legacy admissions, huffington post, harvard, evan mandery, affirmative action for the rich

The Disappearing California Dream

An article in Inside Higher Ed cites TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler’s new book, Degrees of Inequality, in support of his claim that “higher education may actually be reducing opportunity to create a more level playing field.” Read the full piece at Inside Higher Ed.

Tags: suzanne mettler, inside higher ed, degrees of inequality, college access

Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

March 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM
TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler will join a panel of experts to discuss her new book Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.

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Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

Degrees of Inequality

By Suzanne Mettler

TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

The first book to explain the link between our dysfunctional politics, the nation's stagnating college graduation rates, and rising inequality in America.

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